Take It Easy Music Decalogue #02 • Detroit Techno

Aggiornamento: 8 feb

Music Decalogue is our playlists series in which we share our biggest music influences. In this chapter we’ll explore a pivotal genre to us: Detroit Techno.


“The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake. It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk are stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company”. These are the words from Derrick May, one of the techno’s founding fathers alongside Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, also known as “The Belleville Three”. Unlike House Music, Techno was born from a totally different context. In fact, Detroit, known as the Motor City due to its renowed car factories, has always had a feeling with synthetic sounds and hammering atmospheres. Venues like the Shelter and the Music Institute, alongside labels like Metroplex, Fragile and Transmat, helped shaping and developing the Techno sound leading into what is knows as the second wave of great Techno artists like Jeff Mills, Octave One and Richie Hawtin.


If you ever been to a Take It Easy party you already know how much Detroit Techno’s sound influenced us. We hosted pioneers of the genre like Octave One, Jeff Mills and Inner City and it is not uncommon to hear anthems like Blackwater or releases by Carl Craig’s Planet E record label from our residents.